Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Card Display Idea

I’ve been searching for a quick, easy way to display the Christmas cards we receive.  I’ve always just set them on the window sill in our kitchen, but this year I created a cheap, easy garland like I did for Halloween.  If you don’t have a bank of windows, you could use this idea over a sofa, or the mantle, or an entry way.

Here's my old window sill display:  (The cards would constantly fall down.)
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Here's my Halloween photo display garland:

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I just used the same supplies.  I found them all at Hobby Lobby (all for 50% off.)

1. Lanyards. In the jewelry section. You will string these on the beaded ribbon before you hang it.066

2. Ribbon of your choice.  The beaded string is found in the ribbon section also and was just $1 for an entire generous roll.  The other ribbons I use to hang down on either side of the window purely for decorative purposes.
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3. You DO have to be willing to punch a hole in the card.  (Or I suppose you could just paper clip the cards up if you so desired, and forgo the lanyards.)
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Now I just need the postman to start delivering those cards!

31 comments :

  1. Love it!!

    I'm heading to Michaels tomorrow and adding these supplies to the list. Thanks for the adorable idea.

    ~Keri

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  2. We had a brain connect - I just came up with this same idea this weekend! :) I used a thick fabric ribbon, though, so I am pinning (like with sewing pins) the cards to that.

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  3. Way cute! And I love seeing Saydi's card!

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  4. I'm soooo doing this one! I think EVEN I can manage it :) Thanks Sarah.

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  5. Great idea! I love stringing things across the room any chance I get!

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  6. I love your home! You do a great job at making it look so welcoming and warm. I'm ready to move right in!

    I love all your cute garlands that you make. I wish I had a staircase in my house because I would make your cute picture garland for it. The beads just make it (other than the darling photos).

    Great idea for the christmas cards!

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  7. Beautiful Sarah!
    Enjoy the day,
    Cindy

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  8. I do the same thing - only not as beautiful!
    I use jute tied across my window like a clothline and use clothespins to hold them up!
    Aren't Christmas Cards one of your favorite things about Christmas???? I love seeing all those smiling families hanging on my line everyday. I'm with you...Bring on the Christmas Cards!

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  9. Very cute! I do something similar with ribbon and clothes pins! I might borrow your idea for my Santa pictures!

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  10. very cute idea - mine is much less crafty. I simply cover one of interior doors (between one of our living areas and the kitchen so pretty central location but not right in the way) with Christmas paper and then tape all the cards to the wallpaper. I put the photo ones at a level that the kids can all see them and then the other cards go all around.

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  11. I have used jumbo red ric rac instead of of a string of pearls and small clothespins instead of punching a hole. I have spray painted the clothespins gold and silver in the past but this year I striped them white and red like candy canes. Loved the Halloween Garland also - I will do one next year. Thanks!

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  12. This is a great idea and I confess, I'm going to steal for my house. I especially like the fact that you can customize it to your own decor be simply changing the ribbons. Beautiful.

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  13. cute sarah:) i just decided yesterday to string my cards too...probably with clothes pins. i like the cute ribbon down the sides.

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  14. Cute idea~ I'm keeping my own in an old mailbox that we have always used. Hugs- Diana

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  15. This is so cute! My luck, I'd go to the trouble of making this and I'd end up getting like 3 Christmas cards! I've only received 2 so far. :)
    But I love this idea.

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  16. Love it Sarah!!! I wish I would have seen this last week :( I just bought some fun ribbon and had my kiddoes make some glitter clips and we just clip them up onto the ribbon. But I am sooooooo doing your idea next year :D

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  17. Cute...I like. Much better than ol' coffee table basket. I think it's time to move on.

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  18. i do something similar, but different. i use a thick ribbon and drape it over and down a door sill. last year i stapled the cards to the ribbon. but thanks to Vera's comment i'm going to use sewing pins instead this year!

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  19. Smart! I think I will steal this idea. :)

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  20. love it...i might just need to copy that one too1

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  21. such a great idea...simple and adorable. thanks for sharing:)

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  22. Now THIS is a "craft project" I can do. Thanks for the simple way to display my favorite Christmas decoration. And maybe I need your address??

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  23. Love this idea!! I think i might use curtain clips or painted clothes pins so I don't have to punch holes though. SO cute!!

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  24. Thanks for the great card garland idea. I made one, and I LOVE it! I used to put mine on the sill, and of course they fell down all the time. Thanks for sharing your great (and easy) ideas. Merry Christmas!
    Rhonda

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  25. I do this but I use the tiny tiny colored clothespins from a craft store!!

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  26. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!! I have another garland that you might like--I use twine (just because I love how rustic it looks)and regular clothespins that I painted red and green years ago. I hang it on the window similar to what you do. I love that I don't have to punch holes in anything, too!

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  27. Do folks keep cards from year to year? If so, do you display them in a book or in a box, or some other fashion? I have ziploc baggies filled with xmas cards given to us from the past 5 years that i can't bear to part with, but they're just sitting in baggies! Ideas?

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  28. Love this!!
    In response to Missy - I am a teacher so I use all my old cards in my classroom. Students cut the pictures from the front and add them to construction paper for their own cards to family members.

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